Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: Desiring the Highlander
Author: Michele Sinclair
Release Date: December 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: England/ Scotland- 1311
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Michele's Website: www.michelesinclair.com
When Cole is talked into going to England and bringing something back to Scotland for his sister-in-law Laurel, he didn't expect the dirty spitfire of an Englishwoman Ellenor Howell to be whom he was sent to retrieve. Both Cole and Ellenor have demons they are fighting. Cole made a childhood promise to his best friend Robert, who was killed by an English soldier. Since then, he has always hated everything English. Ellenor has a problem with being touched by men because she was almost raped by the man that murdered her father. But before he could rape her, Ellenor killed him. It is a surprise to both of them when they are able to forget for a time what ails them in one another's company.
All the way back to Scotland, Cole and Ellenor fight and lose many battles against one another. Their battles of wits and the way Ellenor figures out how to get what she wants out of Cole is one of the many attractions of not only the book but as Ellenor and Cole as a couple. I couldn't put the book down and even forgot to load my dishwasher a time or two in wanting to find out when these two were finally going to realize they needed each other.
It isn't until Cole is declared Laird or leader of a nomad clan that he realizes losing and leaving Ellenor behind was not a future he was willing to face. From the moment Cole finally declared his love for Ellenor they started to fight and figure everything out as a united and equal couple. A couple that needs and trusts one another with everything and anything.
I personally love the books that bring together and have two people fall in love that couldn't be more wrong but in the same breath more right for each other. I recommend this read to anyone that not only wants a great Scottish historical romance but also a story that has challenges that need to be faced and conquered by a very demanding couple of lead characters.
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